Philip Jennings was elected Co President of The IPB in October 2019. The IPB, a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, is the world`s oldest peace organization which will celebrate its 130th anniversary in 2021. Since the onset of the pandemic, the IPB has argued for Improvement in healthcare infrastructure as well as services, and demanded the world to draw lessons from the crisis to ensure that every child has access to food, shelter, education, healthcare and is protected from all forms of exploitations such as child labour, human trafficking and abuse.
Mr. Jennings has spent over 40 years in the global trade union movement where he occupied key leadership positions. He is considered one of the most influential global union leaders of his generation. He was the founding General Secretary of UNI Global Union and served in office from 2000-2018.The commitment to peace, disarmament, anti-violence and stand against nuclear weapons were key principles of UNI Global Union. During the past few years, he has also pushed for global agreements with multinational companies for them to respect trade union rights and for their businesses to be free of child labour. He was also engaged in the global trade union campaign to free the world of child labour.
His battle for ethical supply chains in the light of the 2013 Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh resulted in the negotiation of the Bangladesh Accord on factory safety with legally binding obligations.